A place for the lading and unlading of the cargoes of vessels, and the col- lection of duties or customs upon imports and exports. A place, either on the sea- coast or on a river, where ships stop for the purpose of loading aud unloading, from whence they depart, and where they finish their voyages. The Wharf Case, 3 Bland (Md.) 361; Packwood v. Walden, 7 Mart. N. S. (La.) S8; Devato v. Barrels of Plumbago (D. C.) 20 Fed. 515; Petrel Guano Co. v. Jarnette (C. C.) 45 Fed. 675; De Longue- mere v. Insurance Co., 10 Johns. (N. Y.) 125. In French maritime law. Burden, (of a vessel;) size and capacity.